To say that UNC Chapel Hill faculty salaries have not kept pace with peers over the past 10 years is quite the understatement. The accompanying graph paints a picture of not just an an ever-widening pay gap relative to peer schools, but an inflation adjusted pay cut. This is concerning and unacceptable. The recently announced... Read more.
What a week! We are proud to welcome the class of 2022 to their new status as UNC-CH alumni. Last week was filled with celebrations. Frank Bruni and Chancellor Guskiewicz gave excellent remarks at the commencement ceremony and, coming off the heels of our fantastic men’s and women’s basketball season, things felt pretty good. Yet,... Read more.
In the wake of the AAUP report that criticized “pervasive and overly partisan political control” at Carolina, The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, ACEJMC, sent another shot over UNC’s bow by downgrading the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media’s accreditation to “provisional.” https://www.wral.com/questions-about-diversity-inclusiveness-threaten-accreditation-of-unc-journalism-school/20261803/ After its review of UNC in 2021,... Read more.
If you missed our “How and Why Tenure Strengthens Carolina” webinar on April 27, 2022, you missed a great discussion. Like business career paths, tenure is a 10-to-15-year highly competitive process designed to prepare talented and committed scholars for coveted leadership positions. Tenure plays a critical role in preserving academic freedom and protecting free speech. Webinar moderator and UNC Faculty Chair... Read more.
The Nikole Hannah-Jones debacle at Carolina brought faculty tenure into the national spotlight last year. In this short video, former Chancellor Holden Thorp shares his thoughts on the historical role of the board of trustees in tenure decisions. While the process for how tenure is awarded is important and has received much air time, there... Read more.
One of the best-known benefits of faculty tenure is that it protects academic freedom. There was a time in this country when educators were restricted in what they could cover in class, speech and writing. (Think the 1850s when Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin was banned for pro-abolitionist views as one example of such... Read more.
The recent success of Carolina’s men’s and women’s basketball teams during March Madness and fewer embarrassing situations involving governance overreach and politicization have provided much needed calm. We are thankful for this relative calm and hope it continues. But, even in the midst of this calm, we have clear and frequent reminders that we have... Read more.
How about those Heels! While we are always proud of Carolina, March is a special time for basketball fans. This year is no exception. We are especially proud to see both our men’s and women’s basketball teams in the Sweet 16! As we root for the Tar Heels to go all the way, we are... Read more.
It was indeed huge news when the UNC Board of Governors (BOG) pushed former UNC President Tom Ross out of his job. It was even bigger news when the public learned that the BOG could not give a good reason for doing so. In fact, in the BOG issued statement after the firing, they said... Read more.
Over the next several weeks, Coalition for Carolina will share videos from a recent conversation with former UNC System President Tom Ross. We start with the following two videos where Ross shares thoughts on how shared governance should work and what the original vision was for the board of trustees. Coalition for Carolina: We talk... Read more.